Four New Books to Read Before 2020


After reading the fantastic true crime book, If You Tell by Gregg Olsen, I am definitely curious about the author’s other books. I am excited to start Snow Creek. Have you read anything by Gregg Olsen? This one has me very curious.


Detective Megan Carpenter is no stranger to evil. Escaping the horrors of her old life, she’s vowed never to let anyone hurt her or those she loves ever again. Joining the small police force in Jefferson County’s Port Townsend, Megan is determined to get every victim of a crime the justice they deserve.

So when Ruth Turner walks into the Sheriff’s office claiming her sister Ida Watson has been missing for over a month, Megan’s instincts tell her that she needs to do more than just file a report. Arriving at a secluded farmhouse in the hills above Snow Creek, she finds Ida’s teenage children alone and frightened.

Then a few days later, close to the Watsons’ home, the blackened body of a woman is discovered in an abandoned pickup truck. Megan must unravel the disturbing secrets of the isolated Snow Creek community if she is to catch the killer.

But Megan has dark secrets of her own too…

Hidden in the back of her closet is a box of tapes containing every single recording of her therapy sessions with Doctor Albright over thirteen years ago. As Megan begins to play the tapes, she’s taken straight back to her terrifying childhood, back to the time she was a kid called Rylee, fighting to survive.  Can Megan finally confront the past she’s spent years trying to block out and will listening to her own painful story help her solve the complex case she is now entangled in?

I’ve seen Gregg Olsen’s name come up all the time when I am looking for books. He has a huge body of work to comb through. Tons of books to read! I love finding a new (to me) author.

Order the book here. Also, be sure to read If You Tell, it’s a must-read non- fiction book.



I enjoy Joanna Schaffhausen’s series with Ellery Hathaway, the books are suspenseful and well-written with plots that are intriguing and keep you guessing. I’ve read all three of her books in this series and think they are good, solid reads.

I recommend her books if you like a captivating, fast-paced story with likable characters.


Police officer Ellery Hathaway is on involuntary leave from her job because she shot a murderer in cold blood and refuses to apologize for it. Forced into group therapy for victims of violent crime, Ellery immediately finds higher priorities than “getting in touch with her feelings.”

For one, she suspects a fellow group member may have helped to convict the wrong man for a deadly arson incident years ago. For another, Ellery finds herself in the desperate clutches of a woman who survived a brutal rape. He is still out there, this man with the Spider-Man-like ability to climb through bedroom windows, and his victim beseeches Ellery for help in capturing her attacker.

Ellery seeks advice from her friend, FBI profiler Reed Markham, who liberated her from a killer’s closet when she was a child. Reed remains drawn to this unpredictable woman, the one he rescued but couldn’t quite save. The trouble is, Reed is up for a potential big promotion, and his boss has just one condition for the new job—stay away from Ellery. Ellery ignores all the warnings. Instead, she starts digging around in everyone’s past but her own—a move that, at best, could put her out of work permanently, and at worst, could put her in the city morgue.

I am looking forward to the next book in the series! Will you be reading it too?

Order the book here! 


I will read anything and everything that Donna Everhart writes, her books are amazing! I love her writing and the sympathetic characters that stir up emotions and keep you cheering them on. I gave The Moonshiners Daughter five big stars over on Goodreads where I keep track of everything I read.


Generations of Sassers have made moonshine in the Brushy Mountains of Wilkes County, North Carolina. Their history is recorded in a leather-bound journal that belongs to Jessie Sasser’s daddy, but Jessie wants no part of it. As far as she’s concerned, moonshine caused her mother’s death a dozen years ago.

Her father refuses to speak about her mama, or about the day she died. But Jessie has a gnawing hunger for the truth–one that compels her to seek comfort in food. Yet all her self-destructive behavior seems to do is feed what her school’s gruff but compassionate nurse describes as the “monster” inside Jessie.

Resenting her father’s insistence that moonshining runs in her veins, Jessie makes a plan to destroy the stills, using their neighbors as scapegoats. Instead, her scheme escalates an old rivalry and reveals long-held grudges. As she endeavors to right wrongs old and new, Jessie’s loyalties will bring her to unexpected revelations about her family, her strengths–and a legacy that may provide her with the answers she has been longing for.

This is such a beautifully written and engaging story. My heart broke for Jessie throughout the book, she went through a series of changes that made me want to cry. Prepare to settle in for an afternoon of reading when you pick this up, you will lose all sense of time once you start.

Pre-Order here, coming out on December 31.



Karen White is another author I keep my eye on, looking for anything new that she writes. Here is a great book to read for this season, The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street. I have read every book in the Tradd Street series which is fun southern fiction based in South Carolina. I always like books based in the south and imagine myself living there. The little details put you right in South Carolina.


Melanie Trenholm should be anticipating Christmas with nothing but joy–after all, it’s the first Christmas she and her husband, Jack, will celebrate with their twin babies. But the ongoing excavation of the centuries-old cistern in the garden of her historic Tradd Street home has been a huge millstone, both financially and aesthetically. Local students are thrilled by the possibility of unearthing more Colonial-era artifacts at the cistern, but Melanie is concerned by the ghosts connected to the cistern that have suddenly invaded her life and her house–and at least one of them is definitely not filled with holiday cheer….

And these relics aren’t the only precious artifacts for which people are searching. A past adversary is convinced that there is a long-lost Revolutionary War treasure buried somewhere on the property that Melanie inherited–untold riches rumored to be brought over from France by the Marquis de Lafayette himself and intended to help the Colonial war effort. It’s a treasure literally fit for a king, and there have been whispers throughout history that many have already killed–and died–for it. And now someone will stop at nothing to possess it–even if it means destroying everything Melanie holds dear.

If you haven’t read books by Karen before, she has written tons, you have many to pick from. I think I have read almost everything and my favorites include Dreams of Falling and Flight Patterns.

Get The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street here!



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